South Africa’s craft beer industry has experienced remarkable growth over the past decade, gaining increasing popularity among consumers. South Africans are known to be the world’s most enthusiastic beer drinkers on a per capita basis, consuming an average of about 60 litres per person annually. This demand has provided a lucrative opportunity for the craft beer sector.
Craft beer distinguishes itself by using 100% natural ingredients without any additives, preservatives, thickeners, or stabilizers. Unlike mass-produced beers, craft breweries prioritize quality and taste over cost-cutting measures, resulting in a longer brewing process and uncompromising standards.
The Garden Route region has actively embraced this trend, witnessing a proliferation of microbreweries in recent years. Here are five notable craft beer breweries worth visiting on your next trip to the Garden Route:
Located between the Tsitsikamma Village Inn and Marilyn’s 60’s Diner, the Tsitsikamma Microbrewery offers a unique selection of locally brewed beers on tap. They constantly experiment with new recipes and brewing methods, resulting in distinctive Tsitsikamma craft beer flavours.
Where: Storms River Website: https://www.tsitsikammavillageinn.co.za/
Sedgefield Craft Brewery
A family-owned and operated establishment, Sedgefield Craft Brewery specializes in producing high-quality handcrafted beers. They adhere to traditional brewing techniques and offer a range of six beers, including Blonde Ale, Irish Red Ale, India Pale Ale, Weiss beer, Porter, and the sought-after American Pale Ale, “Tiddly Tortoise.” These beers are handcrafted without maize or preservatives, using only premium local and imported hops, barley, yeast, and filtered water.
Where: Sedgefield Website: http://www.sedgefieldbrewery.co.za/
Robertson Brewing Co.
At Robertson Brewing Co., the ingredients for their beers are sourced locally and internationally, resulting in a delightful element of surprise as not all beers are always available. Situated at the Brewpub & Bite restaurant, this brewery offers a perfect opportunity to enjoy its cold beers alongside delicious calorific platters.
Where: George Website: http://robertsonbrewery.com
Red Bridge Brewing Co.
Red Bridge Brewery believes in involving the local community in its craft beer production. They source their hops as close to Knysna as possible, collaborating with exceptional growers near George. Founded in 2012 by Darren Berry and Chris Marsicano, Red Bridge Brewing Co. emerged from their shared love for craft beer, unique flavours, and the excitement of pushing brewing boundaries. Their beers are available both bottled and on tap at the brewery.
South Cape Breweries
Established in late 2012 in Mossel Bay, South Cape Breweries introduced their first beer, Glenhoff Lager, and later expanded their range to include an Ale and Weiss beer. What began as a hobby eventually evolved into a business aimed at sharing the joy and experience of their beers with the Mossel Bay community and visitors. South Cape Breweries takes pride in using the finest ingredients, including specially purified water, to craft their quality beers.
Where: Mossel Bay
Beyond the captivating craft beer scene, the Garden Route offers a wealth of attractions and activities throughout the year. Whether you choose to visit Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, or Knoetzie, this enchanting region promises a memorable experience. Indulge in the magic and wonder of the Garden Route by booking your next holiday in one of our luxurious self-catering villas.